I have loved all of the past books written by H.B. Moore about historical figures from either the Book of Mormon or the Bible. Anna the Prophetess now is one of my favorites. I started reading and was swept up into the story from the first pages. I've long wondered who Anna really was. I knew she'd been a Prophetess that worked in the temple in Jerusalem and was there when Mary and Joseph brought in the baby Jesus after his birth. I was amazed at how Moore brought to life Anna's story using true facts and fiction.
The story is told from several different viewpoints, but mainly Anna's. The novel starts when Anna is very old and her great-niece, Julia, comes to stay with her awhile. Then Anna shares the story of her life and we go into the past. This was such a wonderful way to get to know Anna and grow to love this character. There were many tender scenes between Julia, her father Phanuel, brother Michael, and her future husband Josiah.
The main theme that I found in the story was one of patience,especially as one is going through trials in life. This is so timely in my life and many others may find it the same for them. In this novel Anna is shown as living through many trials, but her faith and patience brought many blessings to her, especially at the end of her life when she was able to meet the baby Jesus. The end of the story brought me to tears and gave me chills. Honestly, this is such a beautiful story with great characters and a setting from a wonderful part of the New Testament. If you love retellings from the scriptures, a fabulously written story, and a love story that will warm your heart, then Anna the Prophetess would be a good read for you.
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